Following the address, Democratic Party defector and former congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard sat down with Fox News' Tucker Carlson to offer her thoughts.
"Everyone in that room," Carlson began, "members of Congress both Republican and Democrat, seemed so seized by emotion that you're wondering where are the wise people making decisions in the long-term interest of the United States?"
"It really was kind of the manifestation in front of our very eyes of a whole lotta hypocrisy," Gabbard replied, pointing out that while the Biden administration argues that Ukraine is a "thriving democracy and Zelensky is this hero," a closer look reveals that perhaps this is not the case.
"When you actually look at what Zelensky's democracy is," Gabbard continued, "you see no freedom of the press; he has shut down any media that he does not control, that his government does not control. He has gotten political opposition arrested, and he has shut down the biggest Ukraine church in the country." She quoted Zelensky as having said that he will "punish any Christian caught worshiping in unapproved ways."
Gabbard slammed the Biden administration for holding up Zelensky's Ukraine as a beacon of democracy that American taxpayers should hand over billions to protect.
"It's no surprise that we see the political and power elites so easily and willing to undermine our own democracy, undermine our own freedoms, abusing their power to achieve their own political interest, because they look to Zelensky's democracy and they see a reflection and opportunity for themselves."
She went on to suggest that there was a "pure dereliction of duty on so many members of Congress from both parties," accusing them of being "so hooked into and controlled by the war machine in Washington and the military industrial complex that they will sit there … clapping and cheering on this guy … and have no idea where our taxpayer dollars are going."
"It's scary how irrational it is," Carlson concluded.
During a meeting with Zelensky prior to his speech, President Biden vowed to fund the war in Ukraine for "as long as it takes."
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